NWS Meteorologists emphasize importance of severe weather preparedness

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– With severe weather season quickly approaching, the state of North Carolina has been highlighting different ways to be prepared, all week long.   

Since severe weather is difficult to forecast, and pinpoint exact times and locations, severe weather preparedness week helps everyone stay ready, with a plan of action for anything that can unfold.

Each day has highlighted a different safety topic from severe storms, to tornadoes, high winds, hail, lightning, and flash flooding.  

Ian Boatman, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, says the big takeaway from this week is to be prepared for anything that a storm could bring.

“You can go into a day where you could expect severe weather, but does that mean you are going to have a severe thunderstorm or tornado strike your neighborhood? There’s not really any guaranteed in that respect one way or another. At any rate, this speaks to the readiness and the preparedness we’ve been advertising this week,” said Ian Boatman, NWS Wilmington Meteorologist.  

The final day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Saturday, and it focuses on making a safety plan and encouraging others to do the same.